French to re-start ‘presidential hunts’

French president Emmanuel Macron says he could reinstate the tradition of presidential hunts at the Château de Chambord (pictured), south of Paris.

There is speculation in France that this could begin next year during the French-Italian commemorations of the 500th anniversary of the death of the artist Leonardo da Vinci, who spent his final years in France.

Macron is in favour of hunting. He does not hunt but was born in a region where hunting is popular, and his wife’s family are reportedly keen hunters. Since coming to power, he has reduced the cost of national hunting permits from €400 to €200 and changed rules on monitoring species for hunts.

Watch our film about a pheasant shoot outside Paris: